nice nellyism

nice-nellyism

[nahys-nel-ee-iz-uhm]
noun
1.
excessive modesty; prudishness.
2.
a euphemism: an evasive style of writing, full of circumlocutions and nice-nellyisms.
Also, nice-Nellyism.


Origin:
1935–40; nice nelly + -ism

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